Keeping It Together

Although I totally planned to blog from Luke today, I just couldn’t get past the first few chapters of I Chronicles. One verse says, “Two sons were born to Eber, the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan.” (I Chronicles 1:19, emphasis mine) What was that? the earth was divided? According to online sources, “was divided” could mean the nations were divided or the land was divided by water. I don’t know which.

Another event jumped off the page: “And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, so He put him to death.” (I Chronicles 2:3b, emphasis mine) I can understand why God punished Er, but why did God spare so many others down through history who were wicked? I don’t know. But I believe that He, who alone knows each human heart, factors in our choices to further His plans.

God wants us to obey and rely on Him. When the sons of Reuben and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh went to war, they won the victory, “for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.” (I Chronicles 5:20b) If God loves me, why doesn’t He answer my prayers the way He did for them? Actually, He does, regularly. But he doesn’t always give me everything I want, because my knowledge is limited, my motives are mixed, and I don’t always pray as I ought. If you and I got everything we asked for, our lives would be chaos.

God loves us more than anyone else ever could, “for He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” When it seems our world is falling apart—physically, economically, relationally, and spiritually—we don’t have to panic. Jesus is “before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:14 and 17)

From July readings for Days 1, 2, and 3
I Chronicles 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6
Psalms 123-124, 125, and 126
Luke7:11-17, 7:18-35, and 7:36-50
Colossians 1:1-14, 1:15-29, and 2:1-7

2 thoughts on “Keeping It Together

  1. Very interesting and challenging; seems to me that we need to understand Proverbs 3:6 better.
    It says, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Yes, I don’t always understand how he directs my paths or why he causes and allows situations to come my way; it seems that I need to be more responsive and obedient and allow what seems to be His will at the time; be honest, patient, kind, gentle, helpful as it seems Jesus would do and have confidence without completely understanding. He always blesses more than I deserve.

    1. Can’t agree more with your last sentence–He “always blesses more than I deserve,” too! Thanks for reading, Dad and Mom!

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